February 17, 2007
Conference on Ordered Rings,
Baton Rouge 2007 ("Ord07")
Touristic opportunities in or near Louisiana
- Alligator Bayou swamp tours
- Rural Life Museum
- Louisiana State Capital building. The tallest state capital in the U.S.A.
- USS Kidd. Naval museum on board old battleship.
- Old Louisiana Governor's Mansion
- Old Louisiana State Capitol building
New Orleans (130 km southeast of B.R. via Interstate Route 10)
- French Quarter
- Mississippi River Boat
- Audubon Zoo
- Aquarium of the Americas
- Jazz festival, April 27-29 & May 4-6
Avery Island two hours' drive, southwest of Baton Rouge
- Jungle Gardens and Bird City (alligators, azaleas, giant Buddha in an algae
covered pont, bird sanctuary)
- The world's only Tabasco Pepper Sauce factory.
- Cajun (= "Acadian") Country. The Acadians were the world's first "boat
people"; they were people of French descent who lived in Nova Scotia
Canada, from, perhaps, the 1500's, until the British abruptly kicked them
out in 1755; many of them settled in western Louisiana, in what is now the
of Lafayette, 90 km west of B.R. (via Route 10), and down to the Gulf of
International de Louisiane, April 25-29, 2007.
- Antebellum (= pre-Civil War) cotton plantations. Houmas
House (45 minutes by car from Baton Rouge) has an excellent restaurant.
Consider also Oak
There are a dozen or so such plantations in Louisiana (and more in other
- Tickfaw State Park 60 km
east of Baton Rouge. Canoeing, hiking. (There are other state parks, too;
but no national
parks in Louisiana.)
Mobile, Alabama (on the Gulf of Mexico, 320 km east of B.R., via Route 10)
- Bellingrath Gardens
- Then perhaps drive on a little farther to the first beaches in western
Florida; then return. There are also some beaches in Mississippi and Alabama
(between Louisiana and Florida); Louisiana, by contrast, has few, if any,
beaches; mainly just coastal marshes.